James Beard: America’s First Foodie, interview with director, Beth Federici, and co-producer, Kathleen Squires

James Beard America's First Foodie

Coming to your television May 19 at 9 pm on PBS, I got to chat in advance with director Beth Federici, joined by Kathleen Squires, co-producer, about James Beard: America’s First Foodie. This is another film playing at the Sonoma International Film Festival 2017. About the film: “‘America’s First Foodie’ is a feature length documentary about, James Beard. Beard, the […]

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Raven Awakens, interview with director Thom Butler

A local and an absolute delight, director Thom Butler was in studio to discuss his feature documentary, Raven Awakens. The focus of the film is another local, an artist, Jim Callahan, and his journey in the creation of a bronze statue of a raven. About the film: “Our first film in the series looks at Sonoma, California bronze sculptor, Jim […]

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What Lies Upstream? Interview with documentary filmmaker, Cullen Hoback

A past guest of Hollywood & West Napa, documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback returned to chat with us about his newest feature, What Lies Upstream. About the film: “A documentary that uncovers the truth behind a huge chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water — and shows how it could happen again.” To find out more about the movie, […]

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Straws, interview with filmmaker Linda Booker

Straws the Movie

A great film from this year’s Sonoma International Film Festival is a documentary called Straws. Linda Booker called to tell us all about it. Listeners may remember her from the interview about her documentary, Bringing it Home. About Straws: “With colorful straw history animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes) aims to entertain and inspire […]

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Filmmaker, interview with Lisa Ovies

I met Lisa Ovies when she was her for SIFF 2014 with Taking My Parents to Burning Man.  Since then she has been working on many other projects.  She was in town so we invited her to sit in and tell us about everything she’s working on. About Lisa: Lisa Ovies is an award winning producer, director, actress and writer […]

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Bringing It Home, interview with filmmaker Linda Booker

Still from Bringing It Home

Another film from the recently held SIFF 2014 was Bringing It Home.  We had filmmaker Linda Booker on to tell us all about it. About Bringing It Home: BRINGING IT HOME explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by illustrating its history, current industries and talking to both […]

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The Organic Life, interview with local documentarian Casey Beck

It’s always fun to have a local join us on the show.  Especially if their film is being screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival.  Casey Beck, talked to us about her feature documentary, The Organic Life. About the Organic Life: A year in the life of an hopeful organic farmer and his skeptical girlfriend reveals that a changing climate, […]

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Taking My Parents to Burning Man, interview with producer Joel McCarthy

It’s March so it’s all SIFF all the time!  The next filmmaker we interviewed was Joel McCarthy from Canada.  He and other cast mates were attending with their film, and my favorite of the entire festival, Taking My Parents to Burning Man. About TMPTBM: A parental coming-of-age story that follows a sixty-year-old couple getting dragged to Burning Man by their […]

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The Most Fearless, interview with director Heather Kessinger

The Most Fearless

Director Heather Kessinger called us about the Kickstarter she had going to fund the completion of her documentary.  Since then it was successfully funded, so we can all look forward to seeing this amazing film. About the Most Fearless:  “In Bangladesh, 80% of the population lives on less than $2 per day, approximately half the children are stunted from malnutrition- […]

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We’re Not Broke, interview with director Karin Hayes

We're Not Broke Film Still

A thought provoking documentary from the Sonoma International Film Festival was “We’re Not Broke.”  We had director/producer Karin Hayes call in to talk about the film with us.  Melissa was out, so SIFF representative, Steve Martindale sat in as Cat’s cohost. About We’re Not Broke: “WE’RE NOT BROKE is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide […]

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